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Community News – September 2015

1Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr., Esq. of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire in San Diego, CA was recently inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their Mid-Year Meeting held July 22- 25, 2015.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States. The Academy seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom, and the trial of criminal cases. The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy. A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Mr. Bartolotta has been evaluated by his colleagues and the judges in his jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing these qualifications and characteristics.
Chartered in 1954, the Academy’s general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
A Rancho Santa Fe resident, Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr. is a founding partner of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire. He specializes in plaintiffs’ litigation with an emphasis in business disputes, condemnation, and major injury cases. A tenacious litigator, Bartolotta is recognized annually by Woodward/White as one of the Best Lawyers in America—a recognition he’s received every year since 1987. He is also a recipient of the San Diego Bar Association’s Daniel T. Broderick Award for Civility, Integrity & Professionalism. He is a past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - San Diego Chapter.
Bartolotta’s charitable activities include Past President of Rancho Santa Fe Youth; member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul Village; member of the American Ireland Fund, San Diego Chapter, he is a member of the Century Club, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nice Guys.

2Gary Perl, Karine Wenger, Marlene Stanger, Teodora Purcell, and Monica Sherman of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP (“Fragomen”) have been named to The San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorneys” list. The list recognizes attorneys in San Diego County who have made exceptional contributions in their respective fields. 150 attorneys were selected in 15 categories. Five of the 10 attorneys selected for Immigration law are from Fragomen.
3“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers as Top Attorneys for our contribution to the practice of immigration law,” said Gary Perl, managing Partner of Fragomen’s San Diego office. 4“We constantly strive to provide our clients with value through our leadership, relationships and exceptional service to our San Diego clients who are leaders in their industries.”

5Attorney Ruth Ryan-Cruz is proud to announce she has founded Ryan-Cruz Law, APC in San Diego. Ryan-Cruz Law opened its principal office in Mission Valley, California. Ryan-Cruz Law’s mission is to provide quality legal services and make a measurable difference in the lives of the community members served.
Ruth attended California Western School of Law and currently serves on the CWSL Alumni Board of Directors executive board. Before establishing the firm, Ruth practiced as an associate attorney at a boutique law firm in downtown San Diego with deep experience in various transactional and some litigation matters.

6Larson & Solecki LLP, a real estate and business law firm, is pleased to announce that Ari C. David has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. David is an experienced tax, estate planning, and business planning attorney formerly in private practice. He counsels clients on an array of estate planning, business and retirement matters, with an emphasis on tax planning. Mr. David is knowledgeable about the tax consequences of a variety of estate planning measures, as well as methods to delay or lessen tax burdens. Mr. David advises tax clients relative to offshore disclosure, cancellation of debt, IRC section 1031 and section 1042 exchanges, as well as represents clients undergoing IRS or FTB scrutiny. He also advises clients regarding the formation and operation of business entities, asset protection strategies and business succession planning.
Mr. David holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School and a BA in communications from National University. Larson & Solecki has offices in downtown San Diego, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, and Orange County.

7Higgs Fletcher & Mack, has announced the hiring of Rebecca Briskin as its newest attorney. The trust and estates lawyer is a 2010 graduate of the Cal Western School of Law.
“Rebecca has a solid track record in all aspects of estate planning, trust administration, uncontested conservatorship, guardianship and probate matters in addition to a range of contested and court-appointed cases,” said Henry Angelino, Executive Director of Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We’re excited to have her aboard.”
Prior to joining Higgs Fletcher & Mack, Briskin was an associate attorney with the Bolander Law Group, where she drafted a variety of probate petitions, accountings, discovery, correspondence, settlement offers and agreements as well as mediation/Mandatory Settlement Conference briefs. Briskin is also an active volunteer, most notably for children. She is a two-time past chair of Skate for the Kids, a fundraising event to benefit Ocean Beach Elementary to allow community youth to meet professional skateboarders.

8Procopio is pleased to announce that Erik T. Johnson has recently joined its Labor and Employment team as an associate. Erik focuses his practice on representing employers in federal and state court litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition and wage and hour claims. He has represented clients before the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also counsels employers on a broad spectrum of day-to-day employment matters, including employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence and wage and hour issues. In addition, he assists employers in drafting policies, employee handbooks and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with state and federal laws while also serving the employer’s individual business needs.


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